The Giver of Stars

By Jojo Moyes,

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"A great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together." -Reese Witherspoon

From the author of The Last Letter from Your Lover, now a major motion picture on Netflix, a breathtaking…

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2 authors picked The Giver of Stars as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This story, set in Depression-era Appalachia, depicts the brave women who brought literacy to rural America despite the many natural and human-caused obstacles thrown in their paths. As with a lot of good historical fiction, the strength of The Giver of Stars lies largely on its educational component. I, like many readers, had never heard of the Pack Horse Library Initiative in that period of time, and I found it fascinating. The other key reason I recommend this book is that it, like my novel, emphasizes how critically important friendship can be, especially when women are physically or psychologically threatened…

Books about strong women—and weak women who learn to be strong—have always interested me, so when I heard about this novel based on actual packhorse librarians in Depression Era America, I had to learn about this unusual place in time. Anyone who’s ever had to move to an unfamiliar place will relate to Alice and her challenges of fitting in with people so different from those she’s known. Filled with vivid scenic details, troubled romance, evolving friendships, and ever-lurking danger, this story gave me all of the ”feels” and left me smiling.

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